A Parkville home was left in ruins by a family renting it, and it was not the first time the Kansas City couple has been accused of something so disgusting.
For any homeowner looking to rent their property, what happened to one landlord might be a warning to others before they let just anyone sign on the dotted line.
"They seemed so nice ... after they moved in ... it went downhill from there," said Travis Matteson, who is the son of the homeowner.
Pictures illustrate what Scott and Christie Dalman are accused of doing to another family's home in 2010. The homeowners, who live in Maryland, said the Dalmans basically used their Kearney, MO, home as a dog kennel.
"Everything was covered in dog feces and the bird had torn up the bay window in the living room. The dogs lifted their legs on the walls .. everything needed repair in every room," said homeowner Kristie Sibell.
Repairs Sibell said totaled a whopping $30,000. She says the trouble started almost immediately when after two months, the couple stopped paying rent. The family has sued the Dalmans for damages.
It is an all-too familiar story to the family KCTV5 interviewed Wednesday who say they rented their Platte County home to the Dalmans and got it back beyond uninhabitable.
"It is just disgusting. I don't know how you live like this," said Matteson. "They trashed our property."
Denece Orndoff is the office manager at Best Properties in Kansas City, KS. Best Properties also took the Dalmans to court. They won but never collected a cent.
And even though it has been years, Orndoff knew exactly who KCTV5 was talking about. It was a scene she never forgot.
"Left tons ... tons of trash ... rodents ... birds, bird seed ... took thousands of dollars for maintenance and cleaning," said office manager Denece Orndoff.
And what none of these alleged victims will ever forget is that the Dalmans have three children who lived in these conditions with their parents. Innocent children and innocent animals all living in squalor.
People who have dealt with the Dalmans say it is an ugly pattern, and one they would like to see stop.
"They tend to run with a sad story for a while until they are booted out and leave the house trashed," said Orndoff.
The Dalman's apparently told the most previous homeowners they had been transferred to Texas. However KCTV5 was able to track Scott Dalman down to his place of business in Kansas City. KCTV5's attempts to ask him about the condition in which all these properties were left have been unsuccessful.
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